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EGAT – MoNRE - GIZ hail achievement of RAC NAMA Fund, push for Thai refrigeration and air-con energy saving to reduce global warming

EGAT – MoNRE – GIZ hail achievement of RAC NAMA Fund, push for Thai refrigeration and air-con energy saving to reduce global warming

17 February 2020

Bangkok/17 February 2020The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH hail the achievements of the RAC NAMA Fund in initiating a transformation in the Thai refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) sector towards the use of climate-friendly and energy-efficient cooling technologies with natural refrigerants. As a result, atotal of 9 Thai manufacturers have begun using natural refrigerants in the production process, 8 training centers have been established nationwide, and 150 trained trainers.

The event, titled “Green Cooling Revolution: RAC NAMA Fund and the Future of Thai Industry, was presided over by H. E. Mr. Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of NaturalResources and Environment. Attending the event were Mr. Thepparat Theppitak, Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development and Renewable Energy, EGAT, Mr. Patana Sangsriroujana, Deputy Governor – Strategy, EGAT, H. E. Mr. Georg Schmidt, German Ambassador to Thailand, and Ms. Margaret Tongue, Chargé d’Affaires,  the British Embassy Bangkok, and a number of RAC manufacturers. The event was held at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

H. E. Mr. Varawut Silpaarcha, Minister of NaturalResources and Environment of Thailand,underscored the importance of the phase down of climate-warming substances in his keynote address titled “Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry”. Hehighlightedthe significant contribution of the phasing down to Thailand’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which aims to reduce 20 – 25 per cent of emissions by 2030. The Thai Government is grateful for the active cooperation from all parties, both at the national and international levels, which has led to the success of the RAC NAMA Fund.

The Government of Thailand is therefore placing great emphasis on the promotion of energy-efficient and climate-friendly cooling technologies due to their ultra-low Global Warming Potential (GWP) while strongly promoting new business opportunities, R&D, and knowledge transfer. I would especially like to thank the German and British Governments for their continuous support in the financing of the RAC NAMA Fund, transferring knowhow, and fostering international cooperation,” Mr. Varawut added.

In his statement, H. E. Mr. Georg Schmidt, German Ambassador to Thailandsaid: “Germany is  a global industrial leader in engineering and technology. To tackle the impacts of climate change, Germany is committed to working with countries around the world and to coming up with innovations such as technologies that are climate friendly. For more than 10 years, Thailand and Germany have worked together on various climate and environment issues, notably in the cooling industry where Thailand is an important manufacturing and export hub of RAC equipment. Today, Germany is proud to have played a part in the transition towards the adoption of green cooling technologies. The experience and knowledge gained from the implementation of the RAC NAMA Fund should be extended to other countries.”

In her remarks, Ms. Margaret Tongue, Chargé d’Affaires,the British Embassy Bangkok said: “The RAC NAMA Fund is the pioneer climate finance fund in Thailand. It is funded by the NAMA Facility, a partnership of the Federal Republic of Germany and the UK, to implement the project to develop theThai refrigeration and air conditioning sector and move towards a low carbon society through the use of climate-friendly and energy-efficient cooling technologies. We believe the improved technology is central to Thailand’s mitigation efforts. The achievements of the RAC NAMA Fund clearly demonstrate a strong commitment of the Thai Government in reaching the national climate targets.”

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The ‘RAC NAMA Fund’comes under the Thailand Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (RAC NAMA) project. GIZ is commissioned to implement the project in partnership with the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to provide technical, policy, and financial assistance. The activity runs until March 2021.

One critical component of the project is to build the capacity of the service sector for the safe use of natural refrigerants. On this, the RAC NAMA Fund has financed the establishment of 8 training centres across Thailand, namely King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Yasothon Technical College, Krabi Technical College, Uttaradit Technical College, Lampang Regional Institute for Skill Development, Suphanburi Regional Institute for Skill Development and Rayong Regional Institute for Skill Development, as well as the roll-out of a training of trainers programme on the use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration and air-conditioners. A total of 150 seniortechnicians, vocational teachers and chief trainers from skill development institutes have been trained, who will then assume the role of knowledge carriers in informing their students and peers about green cooling. Discussion is also ongoing to develop new curricula to further build the capacity of Thai trainers and technicians on the safe handling of natural refrigerants. This will help them prepare for the changing requirements driven by new technology and market trends towards the production and consumption of green products.